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1st Edition

A Concise Guide to Continuity of Care in Midwifery

ISBN 9780367508470
Published August 9, 2021 by Routledge
196 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Continuity of care in midwifery – the most traditional way of practising – has been overlooked for much of the last century but is re-emerging as an evidence-based model of care, one which is known to benefit women. This book is a vital companion to students and qualified midwives as continuity of care is integrated into midwifery education and services.

A practical, easy-to-read guide to practising caseload midwifery, this book outlines the contemporary political and professional context for midwifery care, different models of care, and the evidence and outcomes associated with continuity of carer. It discusses the real-life concerns, challenges and opportunities of working closely with women throughout their pregnancy and birth, covering key issues such as risk assessment, consent, boundaries, time management, documentation, communication, burnout and decision-making. Supporting the development of midwives from students to newly qualified professionals and beyond, it ends with a chapter containing a range of resources for reference, including helpful tools and worksheets.

Including vignettes from students, qualified midwives, and women and their partners, this book is designed for anyone new to practising midwifery continuity of care.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Ellen Kitson-Reynolds

Chapter 2: Case load held practice and the national and international political/professional context

Maggie O'Brien

Chapter 3 Evidence base on case load held practice and outcomes

Lesley Turner and Marie Naish

Chapter 4: Practicalities – student experiences of case load held

Kitson-Reynolds and Kate Ashforth

Chapter 5: Considerations for practice supervisors, practice assessors and academic assessors

Marie Naish

Chapter 6: The emotional aspects of continuity of carer

Kate Ashforth and Emer Kelly

Chapter 7: Case load held experience lifelong learning and professional development

Emer Kelly, Kate Ashforth, Ellen Kitson-Reynolds with Lesley Turner

Chapter 8: Final project and Quality monitoring

Ellen Kitson-Reynolds and Kate Ashforth

Chapter 9: Transition from student to newly qualified midwife

Ellen Kitson-Reynolds and Kate Ashforth

Chapter 10: Resources

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Ellen Kitson-Reynolds is a Principal Teaching Fellow and Midwifery Programme Lead at the University of Southampton, UK. She is also a Post-doctoral Clinical Academic Midwife and Professional Midwifery Advocate linked to the Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton.

Kate Ashforth is a clinical midwife working in a midwifery led pathway team for the University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.